CLINT HILL is enjoying the work on the training ground this week during the international break but is frustrated it’s coming just as the Gers are kicking on.
Goals from Niko Kranjcar and Andy Halliday gave the Light Blues a win over the Jags at Ibrox and whilst the experienced centre half Hill missed the game due to ilness, he was impressed and happy with the performance of his teammates.
Speaking to RangersTV this week, Hill said: “It’s frustrating when these breaks come at the end of a decent performance or result because you just want to kick on.
“With getting a 2-1 win you just want to keep going, but obviously now we have a week break. We have a lot of analysis that we do and we work hard in training.
“These last two or three days have been very hard work, on our fitness and our ball work, so there’s benefits to it too.”
Mark Warburton’s men trained Monday to Wednesday this week before taking a couple of days off to recharge the batteries and Hill explained that the intensity of training has been something he’s enjoyed since becoming a Rangers player in the summer.
He continued: “It’s demanding to be honest with you and that’s one of the first things that I noticed when I came in. The lads demand a high standard of training which is good.
“It’s not just driven from the coaches or from the manager, it’s also driven from within which shows just how good the coach is here.
“That’s one of the first things that I noticed and it’s something that I’m very keen on. I think you have to train as you play so you can take your training into the game on a Saturday.”
Prior to missing the Thistle game with illness, Hill had played three matches in a row with Danny Wilson and he’s enjoyed the calming influence of the former Liverpool and Hearts defender beside him.
He continued: “He is very calm, something that I noticed from the very start. He is very good on the ball and he reads the play well.
“He is a very calming influence, to play alongside. I think that position, centre half, has chopped and changed quite a lot due to injuries, illness and form. So between the four of us, we are looking to cement a position as our own.”
Following the international break, the Gers will ramp up preparations for an important couple of weeks with an away trip to Inverness Caley Thistle followed by the League Cup semi final against Celtic at Hampden, games that Hill and the rest of the squad are already looking forward to.
He said: “There are two massive games coming up, but every game is massive here. We go to to Inverness which is a nice journey.
“They aren’t doing too bad this season and we need to go up and try to carry our performance levels that we’ve had in the last three or four games and take our chances when they come.
“If we do that then hopefully we come out with the three points and then we go into the big game where I think we owe them one from the last performance. It’s going to be a decent couple of weeks hopefully for us”.
Prior to joining the Gers Hill has played all his career in England, with spells at clubs including Queens Park Rangers, Stoke, Crystal Palace and Tranmere. He has vast experience of the English Leagues and the change of playing in Scotland has reinvigorated him and is exactly why he joined the Gers.
He continued, “It’s great fun, like I said it’s only a few hours away from where I call home, but it’s a whole new environment with new coaches, new environments, new places and new people you haven’t met, so it’s been great for me.
“That’s exactly what I wanted when I joined here. I wanted new experiences and new tastes and smells and everything, it’s great for me.”
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